Elvis Andrus didn’t think he had done anything wrong or had said something that would make his mother blush as he passed by umpire Pat Hoberg after a sixth-inning groundout Wednesday night.
Hoberg didn’t care for it. So, he ejected Andrus, who was still miffed about a strike call during the at-bat that he thought was ball four.
The ejection left manager Ron Washington and third baseman Adrian Beltre miffed at Andrus, who was tossed from a scoreless game.
Andrus said on Thursday that he needed to learn from the ejection, his second of the season. He started by apologizing to Hoberg following the Rangers’ 1-0 victory Wednesday.
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“You learn from that,” Andrus said. “I just hate when people get me out. I have to be a little smarter.”
Andrus was out of the Rangers’ lineup for the finale at Target Field, though it wasn’t related to the ejection. He had started all 53 of the Rangers’ games this season, and with a 12:10 p.m. first pitch after a game that lasted 3 hours, 12 minutes a night earlier, it became his turn to be on the bench.
“It’s a quick turnaround,” Washington said. “It’s a good time to do it, so I did it.”
Luis Sardinas, who moved from second to replace Andrus and an inning later delivered the game-winning hit, started at shortstop.